RGM Pennsylvania Tourbillon MM 2 Watch

RGM Pennsylvania Tourbillon MM 2 Watch

RGM Pennsylvania Tourbillon MM 2 Watch   watch releases

I wasn't sure what to expect when I first laid eyes on the movement for this RGM Pennsylvania Tourbillon watch (which I discussed here). Sure the final version isn't much different than the preview I saw a while ago, but seeing it all put together with case, text, hands, and finishing is really satisfying. I feel a nice level of price seeing this timepiece, knowing it is all American. It really doesn't have too much to do with the fact that "we can do it." If Americans needed to build a tourbillon watch a while ago, we would have. This isn't an achievement in technology or engineering. Rather, it is a signal of our American appreciation in fine watches. That we care enough about good looking, traditional watches to invest enough to make our own. That for me feels good, and a positive sign that Americans are taking timepieces seriously again. A lost appreciation (to a large degree), that is coming back, bit by bit.

RGM  offers the Pennsylvania Tourbillon (made in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) in steel, gold, or platinum. And it is very expensive, but also hand-made. It costs $75k in steel, $95k in gold, and $125k in platinum. Pricey, but not out of the question when summing up its production process, and competition. This isn't just a tourbillon, but a finely made mechanical item.

RGM Pennsylvania Tourbillon MM 2 Watch   watch releases

RGM Pennsylvania Tourbillon MM 2 Watch   watch releases

Click on the link above to read more about the movement itself. I go over more of the details there. Functions include just the time and the tourbillon - which is quite large, and visually balances the off-center hour and minute dial. In all honesty, the movement is quite simple. No fancy tricks, complications, or features. Just a tourbillon that wouldn't be out of place in Ben Franklin's workshop. The 43.5mm wide case is highly polished with a think coined edging on the side of the case. There is also a small sapphire exhibition window on the side of the case for another view of the movement.

The finishing and decoration on the movement (which is also the dial) is impressive, and done in a very classic style. I haven't seen the watch myself, but I really look forward to personally examining it under magnification. It is  very good looking mechanical watch, and for some reason does in fact feel distinctly American. Part of that is because RGM based the design of the bridges and the decoration after classic American pocket watches.

RGM Pennsylvania Tourbillon MM 2 Watch   watch releases

RGM Pennsylvania Tourbillon MM 2 Watch   watch releases

While the Pennsylvania Tourbillon MM 2 watch is simple and manually wound, I can see RGM upping the ante a bit with future models that have more complications. The movement was likely designed in a manner that makes it possible to design additional complications on or around it.

RGM has also started a special "trade-in" programs for its customers. If you have enough spare RGM watches laying around, you might just have enough to get one of their tourbillons. You never know! You can visit their site for more details on that program.

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Freelook HA5303RGM 1 Womens Aquamarina II rose gold plated stainless steel Black
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Freelook HA5303RGM 9 Mens Aquamarina Ii Rose Gold White Dial Watch
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Freelook HA5303RGM 5 Mens Aquamarina II All Rose Gold Stainless Steel
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Jim
Jim

Tend to agree with Witch Watch. While the tourbillon itself is magnificent and finely executed, that clunky little dial is not worthy of the watch. You could take those visible dial screws whole hog and go more in a steampunk direction (the side crystal plate seems an allusion to that) , or on the other hand choose to make the dial and hands more elegant in keeping with the rest of the watch. A little finesse there would mean an awful lot, and require little in the way of redesign.

witch watch
witch watch

Sorry i'm the lone voice against this. I can appreicate the movement and craftmanship just not the overall look.

pat i.
pat i.

Beautiful! What a looker...

anyone know the American content of this watch? I know his lower end models have cases and movements from Germany and Switzerland, but since RGM has its own movement now, I was curious as to how much of it is actually made in the states.

VIP Watch Club
VIP Watch Club

Classic design...

I'm adding this timepiece to my wifes xmas list =)_

Scott Paden
Scott Paden

I was born and raised in Lancaster; a Lancaster that was known around the world for invention and manufacturing. The Hamilton Watch Company was one of five major manufacturing employers in the City, one remains, Armstrong and they just shut down two factories in Europe this week. My first Hamilton watch was the reissue of the Khaki in the late 70's, hand wound, made in Lancaster it still marches on. Little known here, RGM has carried the excellence that was Lancaster forward single handedely. Once again, "Made in Lancaster Penna." means something special. Once again an American made watch goes to head of the class. Congrats to Roland G. Murphy and everyone at RGM.

Shinytoys
Shinytoys

I am overjoyed to have RGM here in Pennsylvania, practically in my own back yard of the Lehigh Valley. RGM has picked up where Hamilton left off, and not only improved on those designs, but lifted that craftsmanship to new heights. The pieces are gorgeous, and a thing to behold. Yes, American companies can build an extraordinary watch with hand built artistry. (we always could).
RGM will serve notice to all watch companies that the U.S. is back in the ultra fine watch making business, and with tons of experience and a product to back it up.
Congratulations RGM, you are a sight for sore eyes, and Pennsylvania is thrilled to have its native son back in Mount Joy (Lancaster), and continue on where a fine marque left off, and was truly missed...

Brian
Brian

I had the pleasure of holding the RGM in my hands at the release event for the tourbillon. The craftsmanship is truly unmatched. The tourbillon cage itself is much larger than it appears in pictures, a feature which makes it all the more enjoyable to see in operation.

The entire construction is a work of art.

Christian
Christian

It really is a beatiful watch. Congratulations RGM!

Kris C.
Kris C.

I've had an eye on this one for some time now, I really enjot RGM as a brand. The one side bridges are really well done, I love the look. There is a lot of decoration done here, but it still seems to be begging for more, espcially on the back.

Dangeruss
Dangeruss

I find this just as handsome, if not more than a lot of Breguet's pieces. The single sided tourbillon bridge is very nice and I love that its design is echoed on the back side bridges.

While expensive, I think it is fairly priced among its competition. It's half of what most Swiss firms would ask for a watch with less hand work.

I think it's beautiful. The picture of it on its site shows how dynamic the guilloche work looks. I'd love to see this one in person... and be able to afford it.

admin
admin

My understanding is that much of the watch is US made, but you'll have to ask RGM for the official word.

admin
admin

Lucky you. When (if) I am out in PA, I will B-line it to RGM.

admin
admin

You are right, that "half bridge" over the tourbillon is an elegant touch. Reminds me of the balance cock that A. Lange & Sohne uses for their movements over the escapement.

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  3. [...] I previously wrote about the RGM Pennsylvania Tourbillon MM 2 watch here. There you will learn more about RGM, the technical specs, and other facts that I don’t feel like repeating here. This is about my hands-on experience with the first-ever American made tourbillon watch. A while back, the US made a lot of watches. We bested Switzerland and brands like IWC were actually created when the US decided to outsource its watch-making to Switzerland – no joke. [...]